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I have a new article in a special issue of the journal Kalfou, “Banking without Borders: Culture and Credit in the New Financial World,” guest edited by historians Devin Fergus and Tim Boyd.
Below is the abstract …

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New article: “Revisiting ‘Black-Korean Conflict’ and the ‘Myth of Special Assistance’”

November 7, 2014 – 2:56 am | Comments Off

I have a new article in a special issue of the journal Kalfou, “Banking without Borders: Culture and Credit in the New Financial World,” guest edited by historians Devin Fergus and Tim Boyd.
Below is the abstract …

Why the AFL-CIO must address Black criminalization and (un)employment: A position paper

September 17, 2012 – 11:54 am | Comments Off

In hopes of pushing the AFL-CIO to expand its agenda, we want to address here why the two issues of police targeting of African Americans and Black (un)employment are intertwined. This is more than a theoretical exercise given the aforementioned Black unemployment rate—which is higher in each state than the overall rate—and the fact that African Americans have a higher arrest rate, a higher imprisonment rate, and a disproportionate number under some type of community supervision than other racial groups. While the AFL-CIO is of course not the only labor organization in the United States, we purposefully address our concerns to the federation as it involves 56 national and international labor unions representing 12.2 million people in a country with only 16 million people represented by a union (those who are union members or have jobs covered by unions or employee association contracts). Thus, the AFL-CIO is one of the largest and most powerful labor organizations in a country and world experiencing one of the worst financial crisis in decades.

This position statement addresses four issues related to the criminalization of African Americans and Black (un)employment: 1) arrest and conviction records and what this means for job applications and licensing; 2) surveillance on the way to work; 3) the health impact of criminalization and what this means for Black employment status; and 4) mass incarceration and prison labor. Our goal is to synthesize some of the ways the criminalization impacts African Americans’ efforts to seek work or maintain employment and also encourage the AFL-CIO to prioritize addressing the Black unemployment crisis.

Firm Characteristics of U.S.-located Businesses by Race and Ethnicity, 2007

August 27, 2012 – 8:06 pm | Comments Off

One of my areas of research is minority and immigrant entrepreneurship in the United States.  Along with having written articles published in academic sources and popular media sources on the topic, I developed two courses …

Beyond the Access Narrative: Marriage Politics, Austerity, Surveillance

July 10, 2012 – 9:32 pm | Comments Off

Embedded in this access narrative is the assumption that the government, federal and local, does not want minorities to be married; thus minorities being granted the right to marry supposedly means that the state has evolved in terms of its gender and sexuality politics and is working to progressively dismantle the social hierarchy rather than enforce it. The narrative also promotes the belief that once married, it gets better: specifically, after the marriage barrier is broken the government is presumably no longer “in your bedroom” or regulating your relationship beyond protecting the aforementioned rights and benefits institutionally available to married couples. In sum, it’s often assumed that the government’s only repressive role in this situation is preventing people from getting married.

These assumptions are inaccurate.

“Be the Help” Campaign & Black Disappearance among the Multiracial Left

February 28, 2012 – 6:27 pm | Comments Off

One day a friend and I were talking about “Black disappearance” as a phenomenon. She spoke of it in regards to the new film about Joyce Carol Vincent, a Black woman whose dead body was “discovered” decomposing on the couch in her London apartment nearly three years after she went missing.

The Wages of Non-Blackness: Contemporary Immigrant Rights and Discourses of Character, Productivity, and Value

January 4, 2012 – 12:53 am |

I have an article in the latest issue of InTensions, “(De) Fatalizing the Present and Creating Radical Alternatives,” guest edited by Anna M. Agathangelou and Kyle D. Killian.  The special issue also features new articles …

The myth of imported immigrant success

July 21, 2009 – 1:20 pm | Comments Off

The Myth of Imported Immigrant Success
By Tamara K. Nopper, Ph.D.
If I had a dollar for every time I heard people claim that Asian immigrants do well because they migrate with the human capital to succeed, …